The 2008-09 season was Kessel's third in the league and he had scored 36 goals and 60 points, 17 more goals and 23 more points than his previous best.
He was expected to do even better.
In two years on the Maple Leafs, Kessel has yet to score as many goals, although he's come close, with 30 and 32 the past two seasons.
He did have a career year in points last year though, with 64.
So the question remains: how will Kessel perform this year? And if he gets off to a slow start this year, will the Leafs consider moving him?
It seems unlikely, but it could become a possibility. Plus, there could be plenty of teams interested in making a deal, expecting that he could perform better with a different supporting cast.
Here are seven teams that could potentially become suitors.